Trent University awards honorary doctorate to Jeannette Corbiere Lavell – Manitoulin Expositor

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 2019175 Views

June 5, 2019

PETERBOROUGH – You might think Jeannette Corbiere Lavell of Manitowaning would be getting a bit jaded about receiving an honourary Doctor of Laws degree today (June 5) from Trent University during its 2019 convocation ceremonies, considering all of the honourary degrees currently adorning her wall, but nothing could be further from the truth. True to her long history of advocacy on behalf of the rights of Indigenous women, the lifelong activist happily utilizes the opportunity to continue her advocacy work.

“We’ve been 49 years in the work of trying to take the discrimination out of the Indian Act,” she said, “and here we are still working at it. I would like to believe the current government that they will manage the next step, but there is a lot more work to do.”

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